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      SAT Acceptance in India and SAT Scholarships to Study in India

      SAT Acceptance in India and SAT Scholarships to Study in India

      What is the SAT?

      Launched in 1926 by the College Board – an American not-for-profit organization formed in 1899 as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) to expand access to higher education – SAT’s name and scoring have since then altered numerous times.

      It was originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test and was eventually renamed as the Scholastic Assessment Test. Some years down the line it came to be known as SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and finally just SAT. As a fee-based standardized test for college admissions in the United States, the SAT was first administered in 1926. Since then, the SAT has been taken by US students looking for admission to undergrad programs in colleges and universities.

      SAT, as most of you know, is an entrance exam used by colleges and universities across the globe for admission to undergraduate programs. The test is in English, as it is a language understood by most people all over the world. SAT is conducted four times every year (May, October, December, and March) and students take the SAT according to their test-preparation. SAT allows aspirants exhibit skills they need to pursue university-level academic curricula. Candidates also practice and register for the SAT online.

      It is an MCQ (multiple-choice), pencil-and-paper test held to gauge high school students’ preparedness for college, and also to let the colleges have a common data point to use for comparing applicants. Most colleges typically review standardized test scores along with the high school GPA, subjects taken at plus two, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews and personal essays. Today, in USA, the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, better are the options for getting admission to colleges of choice and also paying fees. In India, the importance of SAT scores varies from one college to another.

      Some basics about SAT-

      SAT Length 3 hours (plus 50 minutes if taking optional Essay)
      SAT Sections Math Evidence-Based Reading and Writing  Essay (optional)
      SAT Cost $46 ($60 if taking SAT with Essay)
      Highest SAT Score 1600
      Average SAT Score 1060

      With the popularity of SAT now a recognised fact, and given its proven efficacy in weighing up college preparedness, many Indian colleges and universities have now started accepting SAT scores. Notably, the India Global Higher Education Alliance was formed by College Board in mid-2018 for organizing admissions of national and international students through the SAT.

      Advantage of appearing for SAT while applying to multiple colleges in India

      Nowadays, many leading universities or colleges of India accept SAT score. Students keen to get admission to colleges of their preference by proving their readiness for joining the institutions, find SAT scores highly effective and also a definite way to get enrolled in dream colleges of the country.

      Since last year, a host of top-ranked Indian colleges and universities have started accepting SAT scores for admissions to their undergraduate programs. However, it is important for candidates to thoroughly understand what their dream college demands as admission criteria.

      Every year top colleges and universities of India are flooded with huge number of applications, making it extremely difficult for candidates to get noticed. On the other hand, writing a plethora of entrance tests held by individual institutes for admission is also a very taxing and complex affair. In this scenario, one can get duly noticed by showcasing a good SAT score in the application which increases the chances of making it to the dream colleges and studying the courses of one’s choice.

      The College Board formed the India Global Higher Education Alliance in 2018 to provide a platform for streamlining admissions of both Indian and international students through the SAT. This year nearly 35 Indian are accepting SAT India 2020 scores; while some of them are offering admission to students solely through SAT scores, some have distinct admission criteria. That said, some institutes of the country are also accepting SAT India 2020 subject test scores while selecting candidates for admission to different UG courses. Again, there are universities that are accepting SAT India 2020 scores to offer admission to any of the available courses, whereas some are accepting scores for offering admission to selected ones. The best way to go about it is to directly get in touch with the colleges and find out their policy regarding SAT subject test admission.

      7 reasons why you should consider the SAT test –

      1) One score multiple opportunity

      35 Indian universities accept SAT for admission to UG courses. While tests like JEE and NEET are limited to engineering or medical studies, SAT score opens door for applying to multiple universities including those offering programs in Engineering, Liberal Art, Law, Business Management, Journalism and Design. In addition, the SAT is accepted by a host of universities across the globe.

      2) No negative marking

      One very good thing about SAT is that there is no negative marking for incorrect answers. This allows candidates to guess answers without fear of losing marks.

      3) Scholarships available

      SAT offers fee discount and scholarship programs in India for eligible candidates.

      • Good coaching schools offering online and offline practice programs

      We at Stoodnt offer comprehensive and budget friendly practice programs for SAT aspirants.

      5) SAT offers more time than other entrance tests of India

      The SAT test-takers typically get more time to answer each section as compared to other Indian entrance tests. Those afflicted with stress syndrome rising from time constraints can think of the SAT as a more suitable option with higher chances of cracking the test.

      6) More flexible

      As the test is held four times in a year, it leaves enough time for candidates to plan, practice and prepare. Aspirants are known to take the test according to their college application deadlines. SAT also offers commendable flexibility while signing up for last-minute.

      7) Unlimited free score send to Universities in India

      SAT allows Indian students to send unlimited scores for free to any India Global Alliance member universities. However, candidates must visit the official website of the College Board, for details related to SAT test, eligibility, registration details, test dates, test fee discount vouchers, result date and all other information.

      How Indian Universities Use the SAT

      University SAT for Admission (for Indian Residents) SAT for Admission (for Foreign Nationals & Nonresident Indians) Free SAT Score Sends SAT Scholarship Program
      Full $1,500
      Ahmedabad University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Yes Yes Yes
      Anant National University Yes Yes
      Ashoka University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Atria University Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Azim Premji University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Bennett University Yes Yes Yes Yes
      BML Munjal University Yes Yes Yes Yes
      FLAME University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      G D Goenka University Yes Yes
      Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management Yes Yes Yes
      Indian School of Business and Finance Yes Yes Yes
      Jai Hind College (University of Mumbai) Yes Yes
      JAIN (Deemed to be University) Yes Yes Yes
      KREA University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Manav Rachna University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Manipal Academy of Higher Education Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Manipal University, Jaipur Yes Yes Yes Yes
      NMIMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      OP Jindal Global University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Plaksha University Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Deemed to be University Yes Yes Yes
      Shiv Nadar University Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Shoolini University Yes Yes
      Sophia College for Women Yes Yes Yes Yes
      SP Jain School of Global Management Yes Yes Yes
      Sri Sri University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Srishti School of Art Design and Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
      SRM Institute of Science and Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      SRM University, AP – Amaravati Yes Yes Yes Yes
      SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Yes Yes Yes Yes
      University of Petroleum and Energy Science (UPES) Yes Yes
      Vellore Institute of Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Vijaybhoomi University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      World University of Design Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

      Some facts about SAT India Colleges

      SAT India 2020 scores are accepted by around Indian 51 institutes including 35 universities for admission in courses offered by them.  Academically brilliant students as well as those from low income families can avail any of the three SAT India scholarships:

      • SAT test fee reduction voucher
      • College Board India Scholars Programme (Full 100% tuition waiver)
      • College Board India Scholars Programme (One-Time Scholarship)

      16 Indian Universities offer 100% tuition-free scholarship based on SAT India 2020 score. 35 Indian universities offer a one-time scholarship amounting to $1,500 (Rs 1 Lakh) based on SAT India 2020 score.

      SAT accepting colleges in India
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      List of Indian Universities accepting SAT Scores (2020 – 2021)

      1. Ahmedabad University
      2. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
      3. Anant National University
      4. MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences
      5. Ashoka University
      6. OP Jindal Global University
      7. Azim Premji University
      8. Shiv Nadar University
      9. Bennett University
      10. Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
      11. BML Munjal University
      12. SRM Institute of Science and Technology
      13. Jai Hind College
      14. VIT University
      15. Shoolini University
      16. SASTRA Deemed-to-be University
      17. FLAME University
      18. SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat
      19. GITAM
      20. Sri Sri University
      21. GD Goenka University
      22. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
      23. Jain University
      24. SVKM’s NMIMS
      25. UPES
      26. SRM University- AP, Amaravati
      27. KREA University
      28. World University of Design
      29. Manav Rachna University
      30. PLAKSHA University
      31. Vijaybhoomi University
      32. Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

      Indian Institutes Accepting SAT Subject Test Scores

      1.      Mahindra Ecole Centrale College of Engineering

      2.      SP Jain School of Global Management

      3.      OP Jindal Global University

      4.      International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad

      5.      BITS Pilani, Vidya Vihar Campus

      6.      VNIT Nagpur

      7.      NIT Srinagar

      8.      MNNIT Allahabad

      9.      MNIT, Jaipur

      10.  Delhi Technological University, Delhi

      11.  IIIT Allahabad

      12.  IIIT Delhi

      13.  IIITDM Jabalpur

      14.  IIITDM Kancheepuram

      15.  Indian Maritime University (IMU)

      16.  Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

      17.  NIELIT Aurangabad

      18.  National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi

      19.  NIT Agartala

      20.  NIT Arunachal Pradesh

      21.  NITK Surathkal

      22.  NIT Calicut

      23.  NIT Delhi

      24.  NIT Durgapur

      25.  NIT Goa

      26.  NIT Hamirpur

      27.  NIT Jalandhar

      28.  NIT Jamshedpur

      29.  NIT Kurushetra

      30.  NIT Manipur

      31.  NIT Meghalaga

      32.  NIT Mizoram

      33.  NIT Patna

      34.  NIT Puducherry

      35.  NIT Raipur

      36.  NIT Rourkela

      37.  NIT Sikkim

      38.  NIT Silchar

      39.  NIT Tiruchirappalli

      40.  NIT Uttarakhand

      41.  NIT Warangal

      42.  Shiv Nadar University

      43.  Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

      44.  PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh

      45.  Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat

      46.  School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

      47.  School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

      48.  School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada

      49.  Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Punjab

      Universities accepting SAT India 2020 scores for all courses

      1. Ashoka University
      2. Azim Premji University
      3. FLAME University
      4. KREA University
      5. Manav Rachna University
      6. Sri Sri University
      7. Srishti School of Art Design and Technology
      8. SRM Institute of Science and Technology
      9. SRM University, AP – Amaravati
      10. SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat
      11. World University of Design
      12. Plaksha University
      13. Vijaybhoomi University

      Universities accepting SAT India 2020 scores for specific courses

      Name of Institute Courses
      Ahmedabad University All except BTech
      Atria University All except Law and Architecture
      Bennett University BTech
      BBA
      BML Munjal University BTechBBABSc (Economics)
      Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) BSc coursesBA coursesBCom (Hons)BCA coursesBEM coursesBPhamaBBA courses
      MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences BTechBBABPharmaPharmaDBDesBHMBSc (Hons)BCom (Hons)BSc (Bio-Tech)BSc (Food Processing and Technology)BSc  (Dialysis Therapy Technology)BSc (Medical Radiology and Imaging Technology)BSc (Cardiac Care Technology)BSc (Sports and Exercise Science)BSc (Optometry)BSc (Operation Theatre Technology)
      Manipal Academy of Higher Education BSc (Exercise and Sports Sciences)BSc (Health Information Management)BSc (Medical Imaging Technology)BSc (Perfusion Technology)BSc (Renal Replacement Therapy & Dialysis Technology)BCom (Professional)BCom (Business Process Services)
      Manipal Jaipur University All except Law and Architecture
      OP Jindal Global University All except Law
      Shiv Nadar University BTechBA (History, English, Sociology, International Relations, Economics)BSc (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biotech)BMS
      Sophia College For Women All except Law and Architecture
      SVKM’s NMIMS All courses in: EngineeringLiberal ArtsMathsEconomicsCommerce
      Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Liberal Arts
      Vellore Institute of Technology All courses except those offered in the below mentioned streams: EngineeringLawArchitecture

      India Scholars Program

      Indian students belonging to lower-income groups can avail The College Board India Scholars Program, which helps them save money for higher education. The scholarship offers up to 90% off SAT registration fees. Scholarships are available at participating universities of the country, including some that cover the full tuition for the entire course.

      Universities enrolled in College Board India Scholars Programme (100% College Tuition Fee)

      Following 16 universities of India are part of College Board India Scholars Programme and students eligible for the scholarship get 100% college tuition fee scholarship for the entire duration of the course.

      1.         Ahmedabad University

      2.         Ashoka University

      3.         Azim Premji University

      4.         FLAME University

      5.         Jain (Deemed University)

      6.         KREA University

      7.         MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences

      8.         Manav Rachna University

      9.         Manipal Academy of Higher Education

      10.       NMIMS University

      11.       OP Jindal University

      12.       Sri Sri University

      13.       SRM Institute of Science and Technology

      14.       SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat

      15.       World University of Design

      16.       Vijaybhoomi University

      Eligibility criteria to avail the scholarship –

      • Resident of India
      • Student of Class 11 or Class 12
      • Appeared for SAT in Class 11/ 12 in 2019-2020 session
      • Top performer in SAT exam (minimum score of 1300 out of 1600)
      • Applied and enrolled in any of the 16 participating Indian universities
      • Annual family income less than Rs 8 lacs

      Universities enrolled for USD 1,500 (1 lakh) scholarships

      It is important to know that all 35 universities of the country accepting SAT India 2020 scores for admission have signed up for College Board India Scholars Programme. The scholarship offers students a one-time endowment scholarship towards college tuition fee up to USD 1,500 (Rs 1 lakh).

      Eligibility criteria to avail this scholarship –

      • Resident of India
      • Student of Class 11 or Class 12
      • Appeared for SAT in Class 11/ 12 in 2019-2020 session
      • Top performer in SAT exam (minimum score of 1300 out of 1600)
      • Applied and enrolled in any participating Indian university
      • Annual family income between Rs 8 Lakhs to Rs 15 Lacs

      Author: Baishali Mukherjee

      Profile- An independent writer and journalist for last nine years; presently working with Education World, Entrepreneur India, Scrabbl.com and Stoodnt.com. Worked as the content head for four books and have articles and features published in leading print and digital media spaces.

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